Counted cross-stitch was one of my favorite hobbies. I still have all my supplies and most of my patterns from the early 1990s when I was first hooked on the craft.
I still have several WIPs (works in progress) stashed away. The one I want most to finish is a linen sampler “English Cottage Garden” (below), designed by artist and cross-stitch pattern designer Teresa Wentzler. Her designs are “inspired by things mystical, mythical, and magical.”
My mom sent this from the US as a kit, complete with beads. Beautiful. I jazzed it up with Kreinik gold and pearl thread. I hope to finish it before the decade ends!
Cross-stitch (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):
Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches are used to form a picture. Other stitches are also commonly used in cross-stitch, among them ¼, ½, and ¾ stitches and backstitches. Cross-stitch is usually executed on easily countable evenweave fabric, or more rarely on non-countable fabric, on which a countable fabric is applied that is removed later, by drawing out every thread of it under the embroidery. This fabric is called waste canvas. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance.